Social philosopher Roman Krznaric.Social philosopher Roman Krznaric.Writer and Social media expert Jamie Bartlett
May 15

Roman Krznaric TeenTalk

Seize the day

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Have your friends ever told you to ‘just do it’ because #yolo, or to ‘be in the moment’ and live as if you might die tomorrow? The spirit of carpe diem, seize the day, is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. Carpe diem reminds us to live with greater passion, consciousness and intention, so we don’t end up with regrets. Is there anything wrong with it? Roman Krznaric believes there is.
Today the spirit of carpe diem has been highjacked by consumer culture. ‘Just do it’ really means ‘just buy it’. If we want to live our lives to the fullest, we need to claim it back! Roman has delved into the life of great carpe diem figures, and explored carpe diem from history to neuroscience to find out that, over the centuries, human beings have invented smart and powerful ways of seizing the day that we urgently need to revive. Come and hear how we can all recapture the art of seizing the day.

5-6.15PM  Full Circle TeenTalk

Listen, talk, exchange with Roman Krznaric and other young participants at the Full Circle TeenTalk.
Registration is compulsory
Location: Muntpunt. Place de la Monnaie 6, 1000 Bruxelles
Language: Talk & discussion is in English


Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living and social change. He is founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life, and advises organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs, and designers. He is considered one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers.

Carpe diem regained (2017), How to find fulfilling work (2012), The Wonderbox: Curious histories of how to live (2011), Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It (2010), Guide to an unknown university (2006).

Roman Krznaric’s website

Full Circle TeenTalks are an opportunity for young audiences (aged 14-18yrs) to interact  – listen and talk – with inspiring and innovative thinkers and do-ers from around the world, on subjects relevant to you, in a relaxed context.